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Friday, January 11, 2008
Motherwell rename stand in honour of O'Donnell

LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Motherwell are re-naming the main stand at their Fir Park ground after their captain Phil O'Donnell who died after collapsing during a Scottish Premier League match against Dundee United last month.

In a statement on their website club owner John Boyle confirmed the Main Stand would be re-named the Phil O'Donnell Stand from the start of next season.

Boyle said: 'Since Phil's death there has been a heartfelt desire by everyone associated with Motherwell and throughout the football world to create a lasting memorial to Phil at Fir Park.

'The club and our supporters believe the renaming of the main stand as the Phil O'Donnell Stand is entirely fitting in view of the outstanding contribution Phil made to the club over many years.'

O'Donnell's father, Bernard, said: 'The family regards the naming of the stand after him as a great honour and we will always appreciate this in the years to come.'

O'Donnell, 35, collapsed near the end of the home match against Dundee United on Dec. 29 which Motherwell 5-3.

Motherwell postponed two of their games following O'Donnell's death as a mark of respect.

Their players will wear a special shirt for the rest of the season with O'Donnell's autograph embroidered on the front.

The players asked for the signature to be woven into their shirts as a tribute to their former skipper and the new shirt will be worn for the first time when they play Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup at Tynecastle on Saturday.




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